San Francisco’s captivating Bridgerton experience allows you to revel in Regency glamour for an unforgettable night of dancing, photo ops, and performances. But once you secure your invitation, the fun has just begun! If you’re not sure what to wear, we’re here to help – so it’s time to lace up those corsets, straighten those bowties, and get shopping for an unforgettable night.
Upscale gowns and suits
A bridesmaids dress can be a wonderful choice for a regency inspired gown! Bella Bridesmaids is a luxurious high-end wedding boutique stocking the best in designer gowns. You’ll need to make an appointment with a stylist in order to shop their selection, meaning you’ll enjoy a totally personalized experience while searching for the perfect dress.
Location: 2250 Union St. Suite 1B
May we suggest a visit to Rent the Runway, offering esteemed guests of The Queen’s Ball 25% off for their luxurious ensembles. Once you’ve secured your invitation to this glamorous event in San Francisco, visit readyforqueensball.com for your exclusive promo code for an ensemble that will surely catch the eye of the Ton. If you require something extra for your look, pay a visit to Madame Delacroix’s shop, The Modiste, while at the ball and pick up some Regency-inspired accessories.
Dark Garden is best known for creating stunning custom corsets, but you can take it up a notch with their selection of couture ensembles and separates that elevate any corseted look into an absolute showstopper. If you’re looking to pull out all the stops, this is where you should start.
Location: 321 Linden St.
4. Couture Uomo
Couture Uomo is the upscale menswear store that outfits the Golden State Warriors. They specialize in European menswear with extremely high-quality clothing made to fit like a glove. You’ll need to make an appointment 48 hours in advance for a fitting.
Location: 450 Sutter St. Suite 1003
The Castro’s Freeborn Designs brings exciting colors, patterns, and textures to traditional men’s fashion. Their jackets are handmade in India by a family of 5th-generation tailors, and their Brocade fabric is made on antique looms using a 300-year-old weaving method.
Location: 463 Castro St.
Consignment and vintage shops
If you want to dress to the nines while watching your budget, this luxury consignment store is a great place to start. They stock a highly-curated selection of discount designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for a timeless and high-end look.
Location: 1813 Polk St.
Here’s another chic consignment store with exciting runway pieces from top designers including Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Not only is their selection impressive, but shopping here is a delight thanks for their helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Location: 2231 Market St.
Decades of Fashion prides itself on “100 years of fashion,” stretching from the mid-1800s to the 1980s. They stock the largest selection of men’s vintage clothing in the city and are a one-stop-shop for themed parties.
Location: 1653 Haight St.
9. Held Over
Held Over sets itself apart with a strong focus on vintage European fashion, along with substantial American classic vintage offerings. Broken down into refreshingly specific sections like “1960s formal,” “1980s Prom,” or just “Long and Groovy,” the racks are easy to navigate. They’ve been in business since the ’70s and are one of the oldest vintage stores in SF.
Location: 1543 Haight St.
Costume and counterculture
Haight Street Costumes has stocked the city’s most unique and exciting costume selection for over 3 decades. Even better, they offer rentals — meaning you can ham it up for the big night without breaking the bank, and then return the costume for someone else to enjoy.
Location: 735 Haight St.
Distractions is your hub for all things steampunk. Bring gothic realness with a dark lacy ensemble, or upgrade your current look with a gorgeous embroidered hat or masquerade mask.
Location: 1552 Haight St.
This Hayes Valley spot curates a selection of both modern and vintage jewelry pieces. The deep blue walls and glimmering displays transform the whole store into a human-sized jewelry box, where you can admire pieces dating all the way back to the 1700s. While Metier is known for fine jewelry, it’s worth scrolling through their under-$500 section, which has timeless pieces that you can wear well past The Queen’s Ball.
Location: 575 Hayes St.
13. Local flea markets
If you’re on a budget, these local flea markets offer a respectable range of affordable jewelry and accessories. Here are a few to put on your list:
This large no-frills outdoor flea market has an enormous selection of vintage and secondhand items. Bring cash and get ready to do some digging.
- Hours: 7am-3pm on Sundays
- Location: 100 Alemany Blvd
The Ferry Building’s iconic Fog City Flea opened a brick-and-mortar Trading Post earlier this year. The larger outdoor market continues to take place twice a month, but you can visit the Trading Post any day of the week. Be prepared for a higher-end market with handmade items mixed in with curated vintage pieces.
- Hours: 11am-6pm, Monday-Sunday
- Location: Ferry Building, shop #37
This flea market in Berkeley happens every weekend, so it’s a reliable option if you’re willing to hop on BART. Since its origins in the ’70s, the market has evolved into a festival of sorts with both secondhand and handmade items, plus great local food and music.
- Hours: 9am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays
- Location: Ashby BART Station parking lot, Berkeley
Want the perfect undergarments? Indulge in a flirtatious lingerie selection courtesy of this charming boutique. You’ll find gorgeous separates in the show’s characteristic pastel color scheme, as well as dainty European sleepwear to end your night with luxury.
Location: 2484 Sacramento St
This iconic hat shop started out as a horse-drawn cart in 1895 Pennsylvania. Since then it’s grown into a massively popular retail chain with storefronts all across the country – and we’re lucky enough to have two such locations here in SF. Browse their selection of modern and classic hats to complete your look.
Locations: 111 Geary St. and 1612 Stockton St.